Air France cancels flights over extended pilot strike

Air France cancels flights over extended pilot strike
# 16 September 2014 21:23 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The French flag carrier, Air France, has been forced to cancel over half of its flights around the world as pilots extended a strike in protest at the airline's cost-cutting measures, APA reports quoting Press TV.

Air France was forced to scrap 60 percent of its flights on Tuesday as about a quarter of all pilots joined the walkout on the second day of the strike over the airline’s plans to develop its low-cost subsidiary, Transavia France.

Pilots are concerned that Transavia France could replace Air France in the country.

Officials from Europe’s third largest carrier and unions are expected to meet again after talks on reaching an agreement failed on Monday.

"We're continuing to negotiate, we have made proposals, we have heard the concerns of pilots who imagined that Transavia France could suddenly replace all of Air France across France," Air France Chief Executive Frederic Gagey said.

The strike has caused fury among stranded passengers who have been asked to delay their trips to after September 22 when the walkout ends or catch other flights to their destinations.

The industrial action is planned by France’s main pilots union, the SNPL, and another union, Alter, which demand similar conditions for all Air France pilots following the announcement that the company plans to expand its low-cost service, Transavia, from 14 to 37 planes and open new bases in Europe with local contracts.

In June, travelers were hit by a two-day strike by French air traffic controllers that left hundreds of passengers stranded.